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International Sculpture Center
Lifetime Achievement Award Gala
Honoring Lynda Benglis & Tony Cragg


Lynda Benglis and Tony CraggThe International Sculpture Center presented artists Lynda Benglis and Tony Cragg with the 26th annual Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award on April 26, 2017 at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. It was here that friends, family, and members of the arts community came together to celebrate the lives and exemplary careers of Lynda Benglis and Tony Cragg at this gala event.

The International Sculpture Center was honored to welcome Richard Armstrong and Jonathan Wood as speakers that provided guests with both an art historical and personal perspective on the guests of honor. Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, shared personal anecdotes about his friendship with Lynda Benglis, and about her expansive career. Jonathan Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, spoke of Tony Cragg’s extraordinary achievements throughout his career as a sculptor, writer, and teacher.

Richard Armstrong said in his remarks, “… in the art world Lynda Benglis, is and has always has been, a happy outlier. Benglis was outside the norm first, I would say, for being a woman sculptor, and because of her creative exuberance. She has always given herself great freedom to explore, to expand, to invent, and to reinvent.” Dr. Jonathan Wood, stated, “Tony Cragg has enabled viewers and makers to think afresh about how sculpture can give new and inquisitive shape and value to our understanding of the world.” Jonathan praised Cragg’s generosity of spirit and his incredible contribution to art education, describing him not only as a sculptor but as a teacher.

Lynda Benglis and Tony Cragg were met with standing ovations from family, friends, and admirers upon accepting their Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. Those in attendance ranged from established artists and past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients to emerging artists, gallerists, and patrons who came to show support for artists whom they admire. The evening included a cocktail reception overlooking the Hudson River and downtown New York City, seated dinner, and awards ceremony. The evening closed with guests gathered around Lynda Benglis and Tony Cragg to offer their personal congratulations on their careers and upon receiving their Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards.

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and showed their support for these most deserving artists.

The International Sculpture Center’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Lynda Benglis and Tony Cragg was sponsored and supported by Cheim & Read Gallery, The Sewart Johnson Atelier, Karen & Robert Duncan, Agnes Gund, The Helis Foundation, Ree & Jun Kaneko, Kathy & Marc LeBaron – Lincoln Industries, Lisson Gallery, The Ronald & Jo Carole Lauder Foundation, Marian Goodman Gallery, and Nadine Witkin, Estate of Isaac Witkin. We would also like to give a special thank you to the Atlantic Foundation, Digital Atelier, Mana Contemporary, and Seward Johnson for support of this event and the ISC.

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